Selinda Adventure Trail

Wwilderness adventure on foot and by canoe

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The Selinda Adventure Trail is an adventure exploration safari experience of 4 days / 3 nights on the Selinda Reserve’s Selinda Spillway, in north eastern Botswana. This remote and pristine waterway links Botswana's Okavango Delta and Linyanti and Kwando water systems and provides the ideal setting for a true adventure on foot and/or by canoe.

As the waters of the Selinda Spillway ebb and flow each year, some years with higher flood levels than others, so the exact nature of this safaris varies and that is its real draw – an element of the unknown, dictated by mother nature. The experience either entails a mixture of walking and canoeing or a pure guided walking safari covering a distance of roughly 20-40 km. Generally, water levels are highest from mid-June to end of August but water levels vary annually.

A helicopter will transfer you to the start of your trail, downstream from the Selinda airstrip in the north-east of the Okavango Delta. From here you will migrate eastwards along the Selinda Spillway through the private 320 000-acre Selinda Reserve, ending finally near Selinda Explorers Camp where you may wish to extend your stay. You’ll explore remote woodlands, side channels, lagoons and islands, and encounter Botswana’s largest herds of buffalo, elephant, roan antelope and African wild dog aswell as cheetah, lion, leopard. With over 300 species to spot, the area is also a birder’s paradise and the silent nature of your travels facilitates some fabulous photography.

All three nights are spent in fly camps along the banks and you will be well looked after with walk-in canvas Kodiak tents, separate screened bucket showers with hot and cold water and wholesome, fresh food prepared as if by magic by the camp’s chef. Dine by lantern light then retire to drift off to the deep silence punctuated by the nocturnal sounds of croaking frogs, a roaring lion or the hyena’s whooping call.

The Selinda Adventure Trail hearkens back to the spirit of safaris of old, where days are spent on impromptu exploration and each night entails camping along the banks of a river. If you are looking for an authentic taste of wild Africa, look no further!

Why we like it

  • A canoe safari in Botswana
  • Camping under the stars
  • Impromptu & spontaneous
  • A small group
  • Adventure & adrenalin
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